pete & sarah’s wedding.
a 45 minute drive south of florence, in the hills of chianti, there is a little town called greve that is everything you would imagine a little charming italian town to be. a short walk up the hill is a little castle on a vineyard that was home to sarah and pete’s family and friends for this week of heaven in june.
it was spent scootering around to the wineries. laying by the pool. four hour dinners together every night that were capped off with brandy and cigars.
and then wedding day. the boys went to get straight razor shaves that morning. the pharmacist next door to the barber came and took shots with them. the girls sipped champagne and steamed dresses and got dolled up by the sweet italian hairdressers. everything ran on italian time which is no rush ever which gave me mild anxiety but didn’t want to look like a stressed out american so played it chill.
they said their vows underneath the sun drenched archway that was dripping in blooming roses. sarah has been wanting her dad to marry her since she was a kid, so of course, he did. neither sarah or her dad were confident he could make it through the ceremony without breaking down, but through crocodile tears, he made it.
pete & sarah practiced their waltz for months for this day, but when sarah’s dress was just long enough for her to trip over every time they tried, they had to dance the way the rest of us do. which is just kind of happily winging it. and they laughed through the whole thing.
and then dinner. underneath the moonlight. it was, of course, another four hour dinner as they do in italy. but with florentine steak grilled by the owner of the vineyard, jean paolo, and ending with tiramisu. and then another four hours of dancing until 2am which might sound late but I think we all could have gone another 4 hours.
i hadn’t met these two before we got together to talk wedding photos, but both of us had new puppies. and one puppy play date turned into another one which turned into one every week. sometimes two a week. sarah and i loved each other from the beginning but our husbands are cut from the same cloth as well, which is a really good recipe for easy, kindred friends. it made making it through their wedding day trying to be professional exciting. it made it so garrett was honored to read a piece at their ceremony. i even put my camera down and gave a little toast during dinner which was jumbled but i had to.
we love you two so much. so excited for what you will do with this life together. and so honored to call you dear friends.